Peak Oil and Energy Imperialism

Authors

  • John Bellamy Foster

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-060-03-2008-07_2

Keywords:

Ecology, Imperialism

Abstract

The rise in overt militarism and imperialism at the outset of the twenty-first century can plausibly be attributed largely to attempts by the dominant interests of the world economy to gain control over diminishing world oil supplies1. Beginning in 1998 a series of strategic energy initiatives were launched in national security circles in the United States in response to: (1) the crossing of the 50 percent threshold in U.S. importation of foreign oil; (2) the disappearance of spare world oil production capacity; (3) concentration of an increasing percentage of all remaining conventional oil resources in the Persian Gulf; and (4) looming fears of peak oil

Published

2008-07-02

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